PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wisconsin (KWWL) - A heated debate took place in Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin Thursday evening. The debate centered around an Iowa company looking to open a sand mine near the town of Bridgeport, Wisconsin. Pattison Sand Company had all permits needed to proceed with adding the mine, expect for the approval of Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board.
On Thursday evening the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board had their monthly meeting at the Crawford County Administration building. Many filled the meeting room in order to discuss the proposed sand frack sand mine.
Hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" which extracts petroleum fluids, like oil from rocks. Many voiced concern adding the mine would be bad for the environment and would cause heavy truck traffic through neighboring towns. Edie Ehlert is with the Crawford Stewardship Project. She says many members of the project feel the frack sand mine would take away from the Wisconsin Rivers charm.
"If you have ever been on the riverway it is just an incredible experience, she said. "It's beautiful. It's one of the most beautiful things that we have in this state. It belongs to all of us and we think it needs to be protected for that use."
During the meeting, few voice approval of the proposed mine. Rod Marfilius submitted an application to the board to allow Pattison Sand Company to mine frac sand on a portion of his property.
"I was approached in 2012 by Pattison Sand Company with an opportunity that is on my farm," he said. "After looking at different tdhings and going through the whole system we proceeded forward."
He says if approved, his land will be reclaimed.
"My land will be reclaimed and I will end up with more tillable and better ground then what I have right now." Marfilius said.
The Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board voted to deny the permits for the Pattison sand frack sand mine near Bridgeport.
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